Lieutenant Abigail Hargrove comes from a long line of cops...dirty cops. She's an exemplary, detached officer when on duty with the Tacoma Police Department, but after hours she strives in secret to atone for her relatives' corruption. Abby agrees to ride with her mounted unit during the Washington State Fair, expecting a relaxing few weeks of horses and PR work, but when she catches a loose horse that crosses her path, Abby's private and public lives collide.
Wetland biologist Kira Lovell devotes her life to her daughter and to a vocal defense of the environment. After a bad relationship, she wants nothing more to do with domineering women, but a chance meeting with Abby throws her life--and her emotions-- into chaos.
When a kidnapping and a murder take place behind the innocence of the midway, Abby has to solve both crimes to protect Kira, even if it means revealing more of her family's shameful past.
Karis is a Pacific Northwest native with a BA in English from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and a few years of postgraduate work in Classics at UW in Seattle. Naturally, this education led to a career as a horseback riding instructor. She has been teaching for over twenty years and has been published in a national equestrian magazine. She lives on a small farm in Washington with a black cat, goats, and a foster horse from a local equine rescue group. She spends most of her free time reading, playing the violin and viola, and riding with friends.